Michael Rodwell will put his life on the line in next week’s Coronation Street when he finally gets the evidence to expose Pat Phelan’s scam.
Tense scenes will see Michael break into Phelan’s office and find the fake passport that proves dodgy Pat is planning on doing a runner to Mexico. But Michael looks set to be caught in the act by none other than Phelan himself.
“Michael knows he has the evidence he needs and he’s confident that he finally has him banged to rights,” says Les Dennis. “But as Phelan reacts, Michael realises that he’s just landed himself in very dangerous territory.”
Viewers have already seen the animosity grow between Michael and Phelan over the past months and it remains to be seen just how far the dodgy builder will go to extract the thorn currently in his side.
As to whether Pat will end up killing Michael, Dennis adds: “He knows that Phelan is capable of anything, but is murder a possibility? He knows he wants rid of Michael because he knows too much. So does Michael fear for his life? Probably. But you’ll have to wait and see what happens.”
Corrie isn’t revealing what happens during the showdown between the two adversaries, but the actor promises that fans won’t be left disappointed. Speaking about his working relationship with co-star Connor McIntyre, he says:
“Working with Connor is always fantastic – the intensity he brings to this sort of scene is brilliant. We’re great mates off screen, but once I’m squaring up to him as Phelan, it’s a different story. I can’t go into the detail of what happens in the scene, but it’s very dramatic.”
One thing we do know for certain, though, is that Les Dennis is to leave Coronation Street at the climax to this current storyline. Of his decision to call time on the role he’s been playing for the last two-and-a-half years, he says:
“It was a difficult decision as I’ve made some fantastic friends, people who will be friends for life. Sue Cleaver invited me round for dinner after my last scene and when I got there it was a surprise leaving do, which was so lovely of her.
“We even ended up playing the board game of Family Fortunes with me as the host! But I’m delighted with my exit storyline, it’s fantastic to be at the heart of such a big storyline for the programme and to work with Connor, who is a brilliant villain. I will be keeping in touch with everyone and I will watch Michael’s exit.”
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